Real or faux? Angel or star? Tinsel or ribbon? The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating Christmas trees. Not sure what direction you want to go this holiday season? We’ve rounded up four popular styles for inspiration, and show how to get the look for your own tree.


The tried and true Christmas tree. You can’t go wrong with red ornaments or holiday classics like buffalo check, candy canes, bells, or North Pole motifs (like Santa’s coat). A plaid ribbon or berry garland look merry and festive. The perfect finishing touch for a traditional look is an elegant star or angel, and a vintage greeting on a wall complements the tree.



Joy, peace, love, and a hint of snow! Even if you live in an area that won’t get a white Christmas, you can create your own winter wonderland indoors using your tree. White and icy blue ornaments are a must, as is a snowflake tree topper. Give your tree a freshly-snowed look with faux sprigs and branches, and add woodland or arctic creatures (like this polar bear) for an endearing touch.


Colorful retro modern Christmas tree decorations

Tree by Maria Killam

Equal parts whimsical, bright, and modern. People are nixing traditional Christmas color schemes to create a tree that’s uniquely theirs while capturing the joy of the season. Adorable creatures, a pom-pom garland, and ornaments with a slightly retro vibe make a colorful Christmas tree feel fresh and fun.  If you like the idea but aren’t sure about committing to the real thing, recreate the look on your walls with modern Christmas tree art.


Natural pieces are key to achieving this look. Burlap is a quintessential element of rustic style, and can be used as a tree skirt or ribbon garland. Ornaments made from organic materials such as a rattan ball, pinecones, or a feathered wreath . A twig star tree topper fits right in with the ornaments to round out the look. Balance with metallic accents to give your rustic Christmas tree a modern touch and to keep it from feeling too kitschy. Carry the look into another room using charming reindeer wall art.

November 30, 2016